Kemp pushes Abrams to concede in Georgia gubernatorial race

Lester Mason
November 14, 2018

Stacey Abrams dismissed her GOP rival Brian Kemp's call for her to concede their race for Georgia governor, saying she wanted to honor voters' sacrifices by making their ballots count.

Abrams' lawyers are exploring options to ensure all votes are counted. On social media, celebrities such as actor Samuel L. Jackson called on voters with provisional ballots to have them verified. Abrams' campaign argues the total could be higher, and the secretary of state's office has shared scant details as officials in Georgia's 159 counties keep counting.

Abrams' campaign manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo, said Kemp was to blame for problems because he was the secretary of state, Georgia's top election official, and tried to tamp down minority votes. "Voting is a right, not a privilege", she continued. "It's still too close to call". If Abrams manages to win, she'll become the first African American woman to serve as governor.

The campaigns disagree how many votes remain to be counted. Activists and donors should be supporting Stacey Abrams - and preparing for a runoff election on December 4. "I am fighting for every Georgian who cast a ballot with the promise that their vote would count", Abrams added. "To put it simply, she's running out of votes".

Georgia's gubernatorial race is another contentious battle. The AP will reassess the race on Tuesday, the deadline for counties to certify election results to the state. "Brian Kemp earned a clear victory on Tuesday night and holds a sizable lead as remaining provisional and military ballots are counted", the statement continued. Libertarian Ted Metz received about 37,000 votes in the three-way contest. Given these numbers, Kemp is confident of victory.

Kemp is now ahead by approximately 60,000 votes and claims that it's mathematically impossible for Abrams to win.

The Kemp campaign contends far fewer votes remain, less than 18,000, and that Abrams mathematically can't force a runoff.

"We heard stories from voters who took time off work to vote, only to be turned away at their assigned polling precinct and every polling place they visited", Abrams said.

State Sen. Nikema Williams, Georgia director for the group Care In Action, says at least 2,000 people across the nation are involved in the effort to ensure that Georgia votes are counted. "As a general matter, recounts rarely end up changing the outcomes of elections", Kang, who previously taught at Emory University in Atlanta, said in an email interview.

Purging voters from the rolls: Under Kemp, Georgia eliminated 1.5 million people from voter rolls between 2012 to 2016 - almost 10.6 percent of the total - in part through an "exact match" standard that deleted people if so much as a comma was out of place. The state must certify a statewide result by November 20.

Audrey Haynes, a political scientist at the University of Georgia, said Kemp's best move is to let the process play out. If not, then there is less recourse for continued delay.

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